A WAY TO REDUCE MOSQUITOES POPULATION

Intresting! Scientists To Reduce The Population Of Mosquitoes By Producing More Mosquitoes


Mosquitoes are “the greatest menace” of all disease-spreading bugs, according to the World Health Organization. About 40% of the entire world population is at risk of contracting malaria, which causes up to 2.7 million deaths a year. Other mosquito-borne diseases — dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and the dreaded zika virus — affect millions of people around the world.

To help solve this problem, researchers at the science company Verily (which is owned by Alphabet, Google’s parent company) created an automated lab that raises infertile mosquitoes and infects them with a naturally occurring, sterilizing bacteria called Wolbachia.

The idea is that female mosquitoes will then produce eggs that can neither develop nor hatch. If it works, we could someday live in a world that’s completely eradicated of all mosquitoes harboring dangerous illnesses.
Scientists are raising a batch of 20 million lab-raised males — which don’t bite humans — and releasing them into the Fresno County, California, area. Some batches have already been released.

“If we really want to be able to help people globally, we need to be able to produce a lot of mosquitoes, distribute them to where they need to be and measure the populations at very, very low costs,” Linus Upson, a senior engineer at Verily, told MIT Technology Review.
A WAY TO REDUCE MOSQUITOES POPULATION A WAY TO REDUCE MOSQUITOES POPULATION Reviewed by segun aremu on July 27, 2017 Rating: 5

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